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Lighting Setup Tool

Hi everyone!

When I finished my last portrait class, one of my instuctors gave us a cool PSD file to draw your own lighting setup in Photoshop.

Here is an example below of a setup I recently illustrated with it. Please note that the light beams are not in the file; I had to make them.

It is a free-for-use downloadable file from amazing photographer Kevin Kertz. Just unzip, open the file in Photoshop, and everything you need will be there in layer groups. You only need to open the relevant group, and activate the desired elements by clicking in the checkbox to display the little eye, then rotate and/or move them around to your liking. Make sure you save your document to another name right away in order to avoid messing up your original file.

You could also simply start by duplicating the white background copy with Kevin Kertz info to a new document (at the bottom of the layer palette), save it to a new name, and then duplicate the layers you need into that document.

Here is the file:
Lighting Setup File for Photoshop

While you’re there, don’t forget to check out Kevin Kertz portfolio , it’s well worth the visit!

Have fun!

Featured in Tutorials on May 3, 2010


  • Vikram Franklin
    Vikram Franklinover 4 years ago

    YAY!!! just what I’ve always wanted!!

  • Glad to make you happy! Have fun, my friend! LOL!

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Squealia
    Squealiaover 4 years ago

    I must be being stupid! It’s now on psps but the only object showing is the camera. The eyes are on on selcted items, but i can’t see them!!! I can only see the camera!

  • Celia, you have to open the relevant group(s) of elements first. For example, you want to add a flash: click on the little arrow to the left of the Strobes group in the layer palette, then all your choices of lights will appear. That’s where you need to click the checkbox to display the little eye and make the layer visible.

    My bad, the instructions were a bit confusing… I updated them, and added an image to help. Sorry about that!

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Squealia
    Squealiaover 4 years ago

    What an amazing photographer and fab post processing. if only…………………!

  • Squealia
    Squealiaover 4 years ago

    LOL thanks! if I knew PSP better i would have known LOL!

  • Lenka
    Lenkaover 4 years ago

    Oh great, thanks for sharing! :)

  • Colleen Milburn
    Colleen Milburnover 4 years ago

    Many thanks for this, Johanne :))

  • Kerensa Davies
    Kerensa Daviesover 4 years ago

    Thank you for adding it here, really useful and helpful, I would love if you would also add this into the forums, as I would hate for this to get lost. There is a photoshop section.Thanks

  • I just put it in the forum as suggested (with the brushes and swatches). Thank you so much for the feature!

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Yhun Suarez
    Yhun Suarezalmost 4 years ago

    thanks for sharing Johanne! :)

  • My pleasure! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • shotomanrob
    shotomanrobalmost 4 years ago